When Talking Dead, the after show for AMC's Walking Dead series, premieres tonight it will be missing something important. A large chunk of their staff. The Wrap is reporting that several staffers, including one executive producer, have left the show because of AMC’s decision to allow host Chris Hardwick back on the network.
AMC put Hardwick’s gigs on hold in June after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra said in a June Medium post that he had sexually assaulted her numerous times while they were dating.
Hardwick denied any abuse took place but said the relationship wasn’t perfect. Other sources told The Wrap that Hardwick could be demanding and temperamental. AMC decided to bring Hardwick back after investigating Dykstra’s claims with the help of a law firm.
“Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick,” the company stated Wednesday via The Hollywood Reporter. “We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the weekday quiz show Jeopardy, recently announced that he plans to retire from the show when his contract ends. Trebek's departure wouldn't happen until 2020, but he already has a replacement in mind, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.
Trebek, recently talked with TMZ and mentioned his support for two people to replace him. One person was Alex Faust, the current announcer for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. The other, the person that has everyone talking, is Laura Coates. Coates is a former prosecutor, who’s a professor at George Washington University, a CNN legal analyst, and a SiriusXM host. She recently tweeted her excitement about being on Trebek's short list.
Coates, the self-professed “edutainer”, is a graduate of University of Minnesota’s law school and a lecturer at George Washington University. She received her undergrad degree from Princeton University and eventually became a federal prosecutor. The Minnesota native also published a book on knowing your privileges when it comes to the law titled “You Have The Right: A Constitutional Guide To Policing The Police.”
The creative mind behind the shows black-ish and grown-ish, Kenya Barris, is leaving ABC. Despite having more than two years left on his contract, Barris will be taking his talents to Netflix as the streaming giant continues to acquire major talent for future projects. He will remain executive producer of his hit shows as his co-showrunners take the reins. Barris will be leaving ABC in August.
One reason for Barris' early exit from ABC may stem from already existing controversy between Barris and his former studio over some of the show's story lines. This is especially true of an episode about the current state of the country that the network pulled over “creative differences.”
Barris isn't the first major creator to leave ABC for Netflix. Last year, Shonda Rhimes, the mind behind Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away with Murder among others, announced her departure from ABC to join the land of streaming.
When it comes to "Big", NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is second to none. From big dunks to big shoes, Shaq's whole life has been about "Big". So when the 4-time NBA champion announce he was opening up a Las Vegas restaurant, it's no surprise that he went big.
Shaq is going all out with his new eatery, Big Chicken. Located on Paradise Road, across from the Hard Rock hotel-casino, the restaurant looks to bring big flavors and variety to one of America's favorite foods. While the new restaurant is big, Dr. O'Neal isn't stopping with just a new place to eat, he is also launching a new Facebook Watch show called Big Chicken Shaq.
Big Chicken Shaq will be an eight-episode miniseries that will chronicle Shaq’s decision-making process in launching the Big Chicken restaurant while simultaneously acting as a collaborative effort between the former NBA star and fans.
“[Viewers will be able to tell me] what kind of dishes they like, decor, probably ask about designs,” O’Neal told Bleacher Report on Wednesday (July 25). “We’re going to make it like a big contest. We’ll be flying people in, inviting people to taste tests, stuff like that…I want [fans] to see that this is what we built together.”
Big Chicken Shaq is set to premiere sometime this fall, with the Big Chicken restaurant opening its doors shortly after.
After an internal investigation into allegations by actress and ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra of sexual assault and emotional abuse, Chris Hardwick will return as host of Talking Dead when the post-show series returns August 12.
Frequent Talking Dead participant and Hardwick’s San Diego Comic Con panel replacement Yvette Nicole Brown will still front the previously set Walking Dead Season 9 preview special on August 5 and appear as a guest on Talking Dead the following week.
Year after year the San Diego Comic Con has been the biggest event in comic/sci-fi/nerd culture. Whether you are a Trekkie or the force is strong with you, they always have something entertaining for most. Another major part of the SDCC is the movie and TV trailer reveals. Below are some of the can't miss trailers for new movies, TV shows, and up-coming season of current shows.
Aquaman - December 21, 2018
Aquaman finds himself caught between a surface world that ravages the sea and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - November 16, 2018
Magizoologist Newt Scamander joins forces with young Albus Dumbledore to prevent the devious Gellert Grindelwald from raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.
Glass - January 18, 2019
Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has 23 personalities.
Shazam! - April 5, 2019
Shazam! is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is intended to be the seventh installment in the Worlds of DC shared film universe.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars - No release date set
Lucasfilm Animation surprised Star Wars fans at Comic-Con by announcing that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will return and pick up where the animated series left off in 2013.
Arrow Season 7- October 15, 2018, The CW
It’s Arrow’s seventh season, and by now the show knows what works: superhero landings, martial arts, and gratuitous shots of Stephen Amell’s abs.
Better Call Saul Season 4 - August 6, 2018, AMC
The fourth season of Better Call Saul promises a first-time introduction to a character who’s always been lurking in the shadows.
Black Lightning Season 2 - October 9, 2018, The CW
Black Lightning is following up its impressive debut season with the promise of an ominous villain who wants to “rip the light out of Black Lightning.”
Doctor Who Series 11 - October 2018, BBC One
Jodie Whittaker is the first woman to play Doctor Who’s title role in the history of the show. She’ll make her debut as the Thirteenth Doctor when season 11 premieres this fall, and this is our first real glimpse of her in action.
The Gifted Season 2 - September 25, 2018, FOX
Fox’s dystopian post-X-Men mutant show is back, and it looks like we’re going to get comic book fixtures like the Morlocks as well as a new mutant on the block that’s looking for world domination.
The Walking Dead Season 9 - October 7, 2018, AMC
The trailer for the ninth season of The Walking Dead shows our survivors coming together and, well, realizing that living together as a new community isn’t going to be as easy or as peaceful as they thought. Season nine — which will also be Andrew Lincoln’s last season playing Rick Grimes.
Titans Season 1 - Fall 2018, The CW
Forget what you know about the Teen Titans on television. DC’s Titans is based on the same comic book super team (who were also a fixture as a cartoon back in the day as the Teen Titans and now as Teen Titans Go!) but ostensibly darker and grittier than ever before. Case in point: Robin saying, “Fuck Batman.”
Chicago Talent is a new Chicago reality show that showcases the lives and endeavors of several Illinois artists and entrepreneurs. It is taking a new angle to the idea of creatives being successful in business. As so many people envision LA or NYC with this subject, we want to make sure that Chicago is represented as well. It will show them at work, at play and even some emotional moments that occur behind the scenes of such hardworking, ambitious talents. What you normally wouldn’t see when browsing their social media, websites or even interviews, you will see on this show.
The series is set to air between 5 and 6 episodes in its premiere season online to an audience of at least 50,000 viewers. The first episode is scheduled to air August 19th via their Facebook episodes platform. Think Jada Pinkett-Smith’s “Red Table Talk” broadcasting set up. The premiere party for the show will be held August 16th downtown Chicago. The first season being their test run, the cast and its producers are taking a leap of faith. It is being produced, edited and filmed by the same team who released The Fresh Faces Project documentary, having gained over 30,000 Facebook views within its first month of release.
The creator of the show and executive producer, Calynn M Lawrence, is a 22-year-old seven time award winning publicist and magazine editor with a specialty in the fashion and entertainment industry. She is using this new platform, Chicago Talent, as an extension of her nonprofit campaign The Fresh Faces Project to continue in her overall career mission of bringing the exposure and promotion that underrated talents deserve. Having invested much of her own personal money into the release of the show, she earnestly hopes that viewers will fall in love with the concept and support the talents she believes in so much.
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Netflix continued its ascension to the top of the television industry Thursday as the 70th Emmy Awards nominations were announced. The streaming service ended up with 112 nominations, edging out HBO’s tally of 108 and breaking the premium cable network’s 17-year streak of being the most-nominated network.
Hulu increased its nomination tally from 18 in 2017 to 27 this year, in large part thanks to The Handmaid’s Tale, which received 20 nominations (seven more than in 2017). And Amazon, which was largely an afterthought last year (and whose shut-out at the prime-time ceremony helped lead to a complete executive overhaul and change in vision for the streaming service), also saw a nomination jump, from 16 to 22.
HBO’s fantasy juggernaut Game Of Thrones led the pack with 22 nominations after the series was ineligible to compete in 2017 due to a delayed premiere date. Saturday Night Live and Westworld trailed not too far behind, netting 21 nods each.
CNN’s critically acclaimed travel series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown has been nominated for six Emmy Awards this year, one month after the legendary chef and host took his own life at the age of 61.
Among Thursday’s slew of Emmy nominations in 122 different categories, the Television Academy announced its five nominees for the 2018 Emmy Award for outstanding commercial. Social causes are often central themes in the shortlisted ads, and this year is no exception, though this year’s lineup features a few different spins on issue-based marketing.
On February 12, 2012, a young man named Trayvon Martin lost his life while walking home from a convenience store in Central Florida. His killing was and still is the subject of much debate and controversy. He was killed by a security guard named George Zimmerman who claimed he was defending himself against the unarmed teen. Zimmerman was later acquitted in criminal court due to Florida's stand your ground law.
Premiering on July 30th on the Paramount Network, ‘Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ give an in depth look at the short and tragic life of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent social movement that followed.
The six-part docu-series is produced by Jay-Z and includes first hand accounts from Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
The unscripted series also features interviews from famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, Carmelo Anthony as well never before seen surveillance footage from Zimmerman’s arrest.
Watch the powerful trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story below.
Verizon is shutting down its Go90 video app less than three years after its launch.
Verizon is shifting distribution of Go90’s shows to Oath’s well-established digital media brands, which include Yahoo and the Huffington Post.
The Go90 app, stocked with a mix of short-form original entertainment, live sports and licensed TV shows, was never able to attract any kind of sizable audience and as a result struggled to book advertising dollars.
The service was one of the first steps by CEO Lowell McAdam to find revenue outside its mature wireless phone service.